I had the opportunity to try a number of Christmas pins over the last few weeks. From a paper nativity the girls colored to an advent calendar to help us count down to Christmas, Pinterest has a wealth of creative and fun ideas. I thought I’d highlight a few ornament ideas we tried out this year.
I saw these melted snowman ornaments and couldn’t resist trying them. They are creative, affordable, and easy to make. We made ours with kosher salt, peppercorns, rolled up construction paper and scraps of material for scarves. We made these at our Community Group’s Christmas party.
We also tried glass ornaments with acrylic paint. Ours looked great at first, but over time the paint settled a bit and didn’t totally coat the inside of the ornament. This may have been because (1) I encouraged people to shake the ornament to get the paint distributed (the directions just have you patiently move the ornament until the paint covers every surface) and (2) I didn’t let our ornaments sit upside-down in cups to dry for two days.
I had a lot of glass ornaments, so Abigail helped me make these to serve as “First Christmas Together” ornaments for friends of ours. I cut wedding programs into strips and Abigail helped me wrap the strips around a pencil to curl them. I really like how these turned out.
Our local library hosts a visit from Mrs. Claus every year. We didn’t go last year because Lily was only a month old. Abigail and Sarah were quite excited to see Santa’s better half.
Part of Mrs. Claus’ presentation includes picking out children one by one and dressing them up for a little parade through the library. The girls were so excited to be dressed by Mrs. Claus that they could be heard saying, “Me! Me! Me!” followed by pouting when someone else was picked. Finally they were chosen. Abigail became a Jack in the Box and Sarah was a special angel/fairy whose duty was to make sure Santa’s dolls were polished. Wouldn’t you know it, after all her “Me! Me! Me!”s Sarah was not happy with her important duty. She wanted a wand instead of her rag and doll. We did manage to get her to participate in the parade though.
Special thanks goes to our friend Jennifer, who came with us and took lots of pictures while I lulled Lily to sleep in the baby carrier.
I cannot believe it has been almost a month since Thanksgiving. We ended up spending the day at Nonna and Papa’s house. The girls spent most of the day playing while I helped Nonna, Auntie Laura, and Auntie Dawn make the meal. The guys did what most guys do on Thanksgiving-watch football.
The girls had a blast trying out Jenga for the first time. They were both surprisingly gentle when it was their turn.
The weather was beautiful, though a bit chilly. We took advantage and attempted family pictures.
Uncle James and Auntie Dawn made the trip from New Jersey to join us. It was great seeing them again. Can you believe I didn’t get any pictures though?!
I really cannot get enough of celebrating with family around my Grandparents’ dining room table. There is just so much life and laughter going on. The yummy food ends up being the icing on the cake.
Jonathan and I have so much to be thankful for. God has blessed us with three beautiful girls, a place to live, a community to be a part of, and a wonderful family (among a list of many other things).
Welcome to The Speed of Life, our new blog. Here we hope to keep up to date on our family fun, new recipe experiments, and homeschool adventures. It’s been a while since we’ve blogged, so look forward to a number of catch-up posts. You will also notice a new look hopefully before we ring in the New Year.
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